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Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:37 pm
 
The Osi Umenyiora staredown is real. The guy is ticked and serious about getting what he wants, which is why he wasn't at the Giants' facility Friday morning.

If he fails to show up for training camp, he'll start absorbing a $30,000 per day fine. Some agents wondered if the league could impose the fine with the CBA not ratified, but an NFL spokesman told me Friday it could -- because it was part of the agreement that players approved on Monday.

But this isn't about a fine. This is about integrity, and Umenyiora contends in an affadavit that was part of the Tom Brady antitrust suit that Giants' GM Jerry Reese didn't live up to his word when, in 2008, he promised that if Umenyiora were a productive player for two years he would reward him with a new contract or trade him to a team that would.

Neither has happened, and as of Thursday night neither Umenyiora nor his agent had spoken with Reese.

So the situation is hot, and it could get hotter. One source close to Umenyiora told me the defensive end is so steamed he won't play another down for the Giants. That's fine, execept he's under contract to the club for another two seasons. So he's stuck. The Giants don't have to do anything except collect fines for each day he misses.

Plus, Umenyiora lost some leverage Thursday when the Giants re-signed Mathias Kiwanuka, a pass-rushing specialist who missed most of last year with a neck injury. Only Umenyiora is a premier pass rusher, who last year produced 11 sacks and an NFL-record 10 forced fumbles.

At some point, preferably soon, this needs to be resolved -- and the Giants know it. They should put the Umenyiora issue behind them quickly, then move on. It's a distraction that nobody -- not Reese, coach Tom Coughlin or the Giants -- needs heading into a season where they're trying to return to the playoffs.







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Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:51 am
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

The fued got so hot he returned to camp hahahahahahhahahahhahaha.



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:34 am
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

After the Eagles management quit being a bunch of cheap clowns, I'm sure Umenyiora would be the next prospect to wear Lincon Green. Come to Philly!



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:18 am
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Yeah this is getting old with him. Reminds me back when Strahan went through this, but there's a difference... Osi is not Strahan. I think if they sweeten the deal with incentives then maybe he will be happy and they wouldn't count against the cap with helps. Osi did have a good year last season and in '09 he still performed okay coming off a serious knee injury, but to say just let him go for peanuts is crazy. Pass rusher are a hot commodity in the NFL and they need to get something in return. I hope they learn something from the Redskins and Raiders that you can't let premier players go to teams that will use there talents and put them to use (Patriots, Moss, Haynesworth, Ocho) just because they cry about how much they make or how they are used). If they don't pay him and trade him for peanuts it will come back to bite them in the azz. Not signing Cofield will bite them also...



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

I love how this idiot did a sworn affidavit in court to show how he doesn't deserve more money.  The GM said if you perform at a high level for 2 years (08 and 09), you will get paid more.  He was injured in 08 and average for 09.  There is no debate.  Reese didn't say if you perform well in any 2 years, or any 2 successive years.  He said, if you are performed at a high level at the end of these 2 years, you will get a raise.  He didn't...period.  What he did in 2010 is irrelevant...the 2 year period passed.  Even if you included 2010, he didn't have 2 years at a high level.

I hope the Giants keep him on the team and give him no money....not a cut where he can sign with another team.  Hope he boycotts the whole year and gets showed up like the idiot he is.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

get rid of this prick already...im tired of his drama each off season......tuck, pierre paul and kiwi are all better than him....osi hasnt been the same since his knee injury anyway



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Trade him to the 49ers. They will gladly take him and overpay for him....and he can't be worse than Nate Clements or Jonas Jennings.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

let him go the Ravens could really use him they need pass rushing sack specialist even if he plays only ten games him and suggs that would be hard to stop



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

let him go the Ravens could really use him they need pass rushing sack specialist even if he plays only ten games him and suggs that would be hard to stop



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

If an owner can trade a guy away for any reason, then why can't a player be granted a trade upon request? I mean I thought it was a partnership now? Same for Osi, if he feels like he is being under appreciated, then why is it out of his right to be granted an extension or a trade? Not trying to prove a point but just curious.. And just because the team has to pay a player out if he is cut doesn't really mean much, because, well the fact is they were able to cut him.. Therefore the owner broke his agreement. 

I'm not saying that part of what you said isn't technically a double standard.  What I'm saying is the players have agreed to these terms and put their sigatures on it.  For example if the players believe that every contract should be guaranteed and that owners shouldn't be able to cut them whenever they feel like doing so, then fight for that at the bargaining table. The owners are not breaking any agreement because the players and their union agreed to these things in the CBA.  Second of all if the players would like the right to be able to break an agreement without penalty then they should include an opt out clause in their contract.  But here's the problem with what I just said. The players won't fight for guaranteed contracts because they know if the contracts are 100 percent guaranteed the salaries will decrease. The second you tell an owner a player can't be cut and they're stuck for 4 or 5 or 7 years regardless of whether or not the player is doing well or even healthy, the owners will negotiate smaller payments.  The players could negotiate opt out clauses in every deal they sign, no doubt about it.  But they won't because if there is an opt out clause for 2 years into the deal their signing bonuses/roster bonuses and up front money will decrease if an owner knows the player could run after so much time. 

As for the double standard, a player can most certainly over perform bud, CJ ran for over 2000 yards the year before last, while making less than $1 million a year.. That's underpaid man, now he will have to fight tooth and nail this year to get the money he deserves.. But if, and I'll use your example, Jamarcus russel underperforms, the raiders cut him. Yeah they pay the rest of the guaranteed, but any team after can sign him to the bare minimum(tho well deserved lol). Can't get away with that in baseball, or basketball for that matter.

I agree that some players stats are better then their contracts. But there are just as many players who aren't performing nearly as well as they are being paid.  It's unrealistic to think an owner should eat the contract of a bad player that "underperformed"  yet have to rip up a players contract that "overperformed" and increase their salary.  Players can't have it both ways.   But that won't change either because as a union the players love the way it is.  They can suck for years yet never pay back that signing or roster bonus. Heck, they can end up in jail and still never pay it back..... that makes up for the CJ's of the NFL that could have made a lot more money.  



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Have the Pats take him off your hands for a 2014 5th rounder.  It's the cool thing to do with disgruntled players.  We'll take him.


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